Video and audio priced at $20 in 1994 $21.85 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Video and audio

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Prices for Video And Audio, 1994-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for video and audio were 9.26% higher in 2018 versus 1994 (a $1.85 difference in value).

Between 1994 and 2018: Video and audio experienced an average inflation rate of 0.37% per year. In other words, video and audio costing $20 in the year 1994 would cost $21.85 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.22% during this same period, inflation for video and audio was lower.

In the year 1994: Pricing changed by -1.15%, which is below the average yearly change for video and audio during the 1994-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1994 (2.60%), inflation for video and audio was much lower.

Price Inflation for Video and audio since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2017 (3.19%), 1997 (2.90%), and 2010 (-2.13%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Video and audio:

Year 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 96.508 95.400 95.062 96.623 99.423 101.108 100.723 101.023 101.469 102.754 103.638 104.192 104.162 104.577 102.949 102.632 101.276 99.122 98.401 99.416 99.676 99.842 99.635 100.946 104.168 104.238

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Buying power of $20 since 1994

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Video and audio, over time, for $20 beginning in 1994. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1994 $20.00 -1.15%
1995 $19.93 -0.35%
1996 $20.26 1.64%
1997 $20.84 2.90%
1998 $21.20 1.69%
1999 $21.12 -0.38%
2000 $21.18 0.30%
2001 $21.27 0.44%
2002 $21.54 1.27%
2003 $21.73 0.86%
2004 $21.84 0.53%
2005 $21.84 -0.03%
2006 $21.92 0.40%
2007 $21.58 -1.56%
2008 $21.52 -0.31%
2009 $21.23 -1.32%
2010 $20.78 -2.13%
2011 $20.63 -0.73%
2012 $20.84 1.03%
2013 $20.90 0.26%
2014 $20.93 0.17%
2015 $20.89 -0.21%
2016 $21.16 1.32%
2017 $21.84 3.19%
2018 $21.85 0.07%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for video and audio, 1994-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1994 * 1994 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Video and audio was 95.400 in the year 1994 and 104.238 in 2018:

104.238 / 95.400 * $20 = $21.85

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1994 has the same "purchasing power" as $21.85 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Video and audio).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Video and audio in 1993. In addition to video and audio, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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